Infant formula maker spending $67M on expansion
A global maker of infant formula is planning a $67.7 million expansion in the area.
Chicago-based Mead Johnson plans to build a facility and purchase equipment at its Zeeland campus, at 725 E. Main Ave., and create 39 jobs in the process, according to Lakeshore Advantage today.
Mead Johnson has been an “anchor employer” in the city of Zeeland since 1924.
The end goal of the project will be for Zeeland to be the Mead Johnson global supply and technical center for hypoallergenic infant formulas, said Jennifer Owens, president of Lakeshore Advantage, a Zeeland-based economic development organization.
Currently, the Zeeland site produces hypoallergenic infant formula for the Americas and a few countries in the European Union. This project will have the Zeeland site also export to all of the European Union, southeast Asia and China.
The series of projects will include the addition of a new employee entrance to meet regulatory hygiene standards, a new packaging line and spray drying capacity upgrades.
The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development approved a Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grant of $175,000 for the project.
Mead Johnson has one other manufacturing site in the U.S., in Indiana, and six others worldwide.
The company makes more than 70 products in more than 50 global markets.